2022-2026 Financial Plan
The City’s annual budget is part of a five-year financial plan that sets out the planned services and initiatives for the next five years, and how the City will pay for them.
Our Budget for 2022
Our 2022 budget built upon the responsible and focused approach that Port Coquitlam has become known for, prioritizing getting the basics right by investing in core municipal services, while also supporting a number of community priorities such as public safety, transportation and infrastructure improvements, downtown revitalization, and climate change adaptation.
We collected feedback on the draft budget until Jan. 15. Thank you to our residents who provided feedback! Your input helps to inform Council’s decisions throughout the year.
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Factors Affecting the Budget
The City’s draft budget and service delivery for 2022 were guided by three priorities:
- Core services including safety
- Economic development
- Environment & climate change
These priorities are based on Council’s 2020-2022 priorities along with community feedback received throughout the year and through the annual budget survey and other public consultation.
Overall, the draft budget reflected the City’s ongoing focus on getting the basics right – planning and providing core municipal services (such as roads, utilities and other infrastructure, safety and recreation) that matter to residents and businesses.
In general, the proposed 2022 budget assumed a continuing return to normal operational levels.
Factors affecting the 2022 budget:
- Rising non-discretionary costs costs from third-party services providers and labour adjustments (including police, library, water and sewer disposal). In particular, the 2022 budget is impacted by a large RCMP settlement that was directed by the federal government but funded by municipalities.
- Previous budget decisions, such as increased bylaw enforcement, snow removal, litter cleanup, and park and field maintenance.
- Reduction in development-related revenue.
- Continuing impacts from the pandemic.
Budgeted Activities for 2022
The City’s annual budget pays for a wide variety of important City services (see the Where Do My Taxes and Levies Go tab below.)
Given the increases in non-discretionary costs and unknowns as the COVID-19 recovery unfolds, the draft 2022 budget included limited new expenditures in order to reduce the impact on taxpayers. A proposed investment of $50,000 (the equivalent of a 0.07% increase, or $1.41 for the average home) for 2022 would enhance the City’s cybersecurity measures and cloud-based storage and recovery of information.
Similar to past years, the draft budget plans for an infrastructure levy, the equivalent of one per cent of the tax increase, to support future infrastructure replacement.
Other budgeted services and activities for 2022 include:
- Operation of the newly completed Port Coquitlam Community Centre.
- The start of the redevelopment of the Civic Centre in downtown Port Coquitlam, including Veterans Park and Leigh Square.
- Road rehabilitation, turf replacement, sport amenity and field upgrades, and other key capital projects.
- New climate change adaptation strategy and related climate action work, including updated greenhouse gas emission targets in the Official Community Plan.
- Additional holiday recycling pickup to support proper waste-sorting and reduce what goes to the landfill.
- Completion of a new Master Transportation Plan.
- Continue to work with the PoCo Events Society to enhance the delivery of community festivals and events in the future.
- Continue to advocate for the extension of SkyTrain to Port Coquitlam.
Municipal property taxes and levies for the average Port Coquitlam home (assessed at $781,522) were proposed to increase in 2022 by:
- 2.81% for internal municipal services ($56.15)
- 1.53% for the RCMP federally-negotiated member settlement ($30.52)
Property bills for homes receiving waste collection services include a solid waste levy, which increased by $7.53 in 2022.
All properties also pay water and sewer levies, which are flat user fees for these services that appear on the spring utility bill. For single-family homes, the water levy will increase by $10.05 and the sewer levy by $6.84 in 2022. Multi-family rates will be lower.
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How We Compare
Port Coquitlam has an established track record of lower-than-average property taxes and utilities when compared to other municipalities in Metro Vancouver.
Please note that the figures provided by the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs are based on average assessed values that differ from those used by Port Coquitlam. While this results in a difference in dollar values for the taxes and utilities reported, the charts correctly reflect the City’s ranking and percentage changes over time.
Property Assessment Impact
A property’s assessed value determines its share of taxes. The assessments provided by BC Assessment each January indicate how much Port Coquitlam property assessments increased or decreased from the prior year.
Properties whose value has increased or decreased more than other typical properties of the same type will experience a tax rate that differs from the average.
We will post the new average change for Port Coquitlam residential assessments here in early January.
Where Your Taxes and Levies Go
This is how your annual City property taxes and levies are applied to a wide variety of important services and programs.
Explore Our Business Plans
All City services and programs are reflected in the business plans developed annually by each department. Each plan includes the following sections:
- Focus – description of department’s work
- Environmental scan – internal/external influences impacting the department
- Organizational chart – headcount and hierarchy of staff positions
- Operating budget – including expenses and income
- Breakdown of budget changes – explanation for
- Measures and indicators – metrics to measure performance and identify trends
Please note that these plans may change based on budgeting decisions.
Budget Suggestion Box
The public is invited to comment year-round on the City's Financial Planning process through:
- Budget Suggestion Box
- by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- by phone to 604.927.5280
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City Hall, 1st Floor
2580 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC V3C 2A8
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